Distinguished Professorships: Nominations and Guidelines
Created by the State University Board of Trustees as a prestigious system-level distinction,
the Distinguished Faculty Rank (DFR) programs recognize and reward SUNY’s finest and
most accomplished faculty. The Distinguished Professorship (DP), Distinguished Service
Professorship (DSP), Distinguished Teaching Professorship (DTP), and Distinguished
Librarian (DL) designations constitute the highest system tribute conferred upon SUNY
Distinguished Faculty Rank programs encourage ongoing commitment to excellence, kindle
intellectual vibrancy, elevate the standards of instruction and enrich contributions
to public service. They demonstrate the State University’s pride and gratitude for
the consummate professionalism, the groundbreaking scholarship, the exceptional instruction
and the breadth and significance of service contributions of its faculty.
Appointment constitutes a promotion to the State University’s highest academic rank,
and it is conferred solely by the State University Board of Trustees. The expectation
is that individuals so appointed will receive additional support, consistent with
the resources of the campus.
In addition, Distinguished Faculty are automatically members of the SUNY Distinguished
Academy, which encourages a continuing commitment to high quality instruction, service
to our campuses and the State, and strong leadership development for newer faculty.
The yearly deadlines for nominations are
(for a fall decision) and
(for a spring decision) .